Welcome Fub! Do not hesitate to share your map
Since September I've been working on a RPG campaign setting ('Streamdales'), which resulted in a booklet detailing the geography, culture, religion and politics of a certain region. I used Autorealm to make a map and then used GIMP to color it in, which resulted in a lacklustre map which was hardly readable (mostly due to my own inexperience with the tools, I'm sure).
Last Wednesday was the first session of my new campaign, and I realised that I wanted/needed to show the setting to my players in much more detail. I needed something that would allow me to map large areas, but also small villages and even individual farms, fortresses and dungeons. That's something that I could not do with the tools at my disposal at that time. I watched the CC3 tutorial videos and was blown away with the quality of the map that you could make in 'just a few' clicks. I bought the software and am currently re-drawing my map in CC3.
During the course of browsing around for info, I found this forum and the many beautiful maps that float around here. Of course I had to join the forum -- I hope to learn a lot from all of you!
I've just posted my first map -- getting tips and hints from the experienced mappers on this site is the most important reason to join!
Welcome to the Guild Fub! I can relate to where you're coming from. I had a similar experience a few years back. I had several decent hand drawn maps but wanted something a bit larger and more polished. I considered CC3 but while doing research, found the Guild - and there was no going back! Hope to see more of your work in the months to come.